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- Cittanova
- Taurianova
- Terranova Sappo Minulio
- Molochio
- Oppido Mamertina

Continuing south-west for 8 km from Polistena, on the road 241, there is Cittanova (420mt a.s.l.). The birth of this agricultural centre was on the 12th August 1618 with the proclamation of edification of the “New Casale di Curtuladi”. The town presents an urban plan made from a part that was reinforced after an earthquake of 1616 and from another section developed after the earthquake of 1783. the historical centre holds monuments of great importance, like various 700/800 palaces: Terranova Bagnato palace. Cannatà palace, Zito palace, castellano palace.
The main church, that is constructed after the earthquake of 1783 by Maria Antonia Grimaldi, daughter and heir of the deceased Princess of Gerace, Maria Teresa, who died under the rubbles of the earthquake. It presents late baroque shapes on the base of an elaborated work project by the Morano brothers, architects from Polistena. The great bell, fused in 1819, carries the image of S.Girolamo, saint of the city, and the wooden statue of the Saint is a work by the sculptor Domenico De lorenzo (1742-1812), also author the Resurrected Christ statue. The church also keeps statues that represent the different phases of the Passion of Jesus Christ and some operas by the active 800 neapolitan sculptore Francesco Biangardi.
The Rosario church, recently turned into a Sanctuary and built around the 1820, presents a splendid opera by Francesco Jerace, a sculptore of the Madonna. San Rocco’s church, which construction started in 1835, is the largest church amongst the ones of the surrounding villages.
The municipal Villa remains the main attraction of Cittanova. Founded in 1880, has numerous gardens with rare plants (ferns, sequoia,juniper of Virginia,maple-trees) and is a real botanical garden.
Leaving Cittanova and following the 112 for 6km west and the turning for another km going south, there is Taurianova (270mt a.s.l.), set at the feet of the ridge that joins Aspromonte with the Serre. Walking through the streets of the village and getting to the centra Piazza Italia, is possible to admire the War Memorial realised by the Romeo in 1920 and the Rosario’s church, originally connected to the Dominican convent founded in 1537. This church has a marble medallion of precious making carrying the image of the Madonna delle Grazie, attributed to the 500 sculpture Girolamo Santacroce (1502-1537). To mention also the church of the Immacolata di Radicena with its statue of the Madonna del Soccorso of the messinese sculptor Rinaldo Bonanno (XVI cent.) and the fragment of a ciborium with bas-relief sculpted praying angels; San Giuseppe church and Santi Apostoli Pietro and Paolo that keeps a gracious statue of the Beata Vergine Maria of Jesu, anonimous opera of the XV-XVI cent. From Taurianova going south 6km on the SS112 there is Terranova Sappo Minulio, small village, framed by a thick olve trees landscape. The village is characterised by the long Corso Roma and two squares: 24 Maggio and C.Battisti. In the first there is the town hall, the municipal tower the war memorial and a tree oasis; in the second (at the centre of the ancient part) there are some interesting historical palaces, the main church and the clerical sanctuary. Not far from Terranova Sappo Minulio is possibile to visit the medieval centre of Molochio. 5km on from Terranova on the SS 112, direction south west, passing through Parapodio and turning left on the SS111 after km east there is Oppido Mamertina offers the chance to the tourist to choose different types of cultural routes. The ghost city of Oppido Vecchia just a few km from the village is a fascinating place remained untouched through time: among hoses in ruins stand out the remains of a town door and the cloister and frontal of the convent , as well as the ruins of the ancient cathedral and the castle of Angevin-Aragonese make. The heart of oppido also offers the chance to admire ancient master palaces with splendid stone portals. The magnificence of the Cathedral as well as the one of the churches of San Leone and of Santa Caterina show the strong religious feeling that the population has nurtured during the centuries. For who instead loves the uncontaminated nature and breathtaking views is advised to go in to the surrounding hills areas. Here between beech woods and spontaneous flowers, will be possible to enjoy the view of the near Piana di Gioia Tauro.

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